Oldest man in the world passes away just two months shy of his 115th birthday

The world’s oldest man, Juan Vicente Perez from Venezuela, has passed away just two months before his 115th birthday. Local officials paid tribute to his optimism for life as he lived through two World Wars and the Covid pandemic. Born on May 27, 1909, Mr. Perez credited his long life to hard work, rest on holidays, early bedtime, daily aguardiente, love for God, and always carrying him in his heart.

He was married for 60 years to Ediofina del Rosario Garcia and had 11 children, 42 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Celebrating his 110th birthday in 2019, he became the first male supercentenarian from Venezuela.

The governor of Tachira, Freddy Bernal expressed deep sadness at Mr. Perez’s passing while President Nicholas Maduro also offered condolences recognizing Mr. Perez’s contribution to Venezuela’s Guinness World Record as the oldest man in the world. The world’s next oldest living man is expected to be Gisaburo Sonobe of Japan aged 112 pending confirmation from Guinness World Records.

By Aiden Johnson

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